Saturday, March 15, 2014

Central Park and Good Bye Big Apple: NYC Part 3

We packed so much into 6 days that we were ready for a leisurely day in Central Park. But walking through Central Park can be a daunting adventure. It encompasses 840 acres of land and is packed with things to do. We started out with an uptown bus tour covering the upper east and west side of the city as well as the lively and diverse borough of Harlem. We passed Museum Row but due to our limited amount of time, we did not visit any of them. On a side note: the Metropolitan Museum of Art or The Met, the MoMA, and the American Museum of Natural History are my favorite ones.  Once in Harlem we stopped outside of the famed Apollo Theater to hear music from years gone by.  
The Apollo Theater in Harlem

The Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

We had reservations for lunch at The Boat House in Central Park which is located on The Lake and is quite the place to dine among New Yorkers. The lunch menu was about half the price of the dinner menu, so we opted for lunch. In the summer the restaurant is open air (weather permitting) and our table was located as close to the lake as we could get. The food was scrumptious!
Our table by the lake at The Boathouse
The Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
featured in numerous movies and television shows
The Mall in Central Park runs through the middle of the park from 66th to 72nd Street. The canopy of trees offered us some shady relief from the sweltering humidity and 90 degree temperatures that plagued us all week.
My favorite picture of the entire trip!
8 great friends spending time on a once in a lifetime trip!

This mosaic located in the 2.5 acre section of Central Park known as Strawberry Fields, is dedicated to the memory of Beatles member, John Lennon

The sweeping stairway in Tiffany's
My purchase in the famous blue bag!
 I bought the least expensive item that I could find.   
Inside Trump Tower on 5th Avenue

Columbus Circle

The famed Plaza Hotel along Central Park South and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan home to the adorable children's book character Eloise.  You can stay in the Eloise suite
for a mere $995 a night!


Outside view of our home away from home for 6 days

Our private shuttle to the airport offered door to door service

View of the East River after take off from
 LaGuardia Airport with Manhattan in the background

A great view of Manhattan, Central Park, and the
Hudson River
Good bye city life, Indiana here we come!

What a wonderful time we had together in NYC. Even with one of the hottest summers on record, we still experienced the trip of a lifetime. We will forever treasure this time we had to laugh, talk, and reminisce.

Look out Nashville, the GEMS are about to
 invade your city this summer!

1 comment:

  1. I've been enjoying your posts about your trip to NY. Looks like you had a great time with your friends.

    I'm answering your question about my Beebox here. It's a box with local seasonal fruits and vegetables that's delivered at my house every Thursday evening. I can see on the website on Tuesday what the content of that week is and plan my meals around it. I love it because it tastes great, it's good for the environment (no transporting) and for the local farmers.